March 15, 2013
LAREDO - A pair of Lamar golfers are in the top 10 through the first two rounds of the Border Olympics, helping the Cardinals sit just five strokes out of the lead in their bid to repeat as champions of the annual event.
Lamar won the tournament in 2012 as then senior M.J. Daffue took home individual medalist honors. This year, junior Stephane Dubois and sophomore Luke Jerling each posted rounds of 73 and 71 for an even-par 144 total and a tie for ninth place.
Playing on the par-72, 7,125-yard Laredo Country Club, Lamar posted rounds of 294 and 290 for an 8-over-par total of 584 and a tie for fifth with former Southland Conference rival UTSA. No. 37 Baylor and Central Arkansas are tied for the lead with identical 579 totals.
Host and 33rd ranked Houston stands alone in third in the 14-team event with a 581 total (+5) and No. 35 Oklahoma is just one stroke behind in fourth at 582 (+6).
UCA's James Newton is the overwhelming leader heading into Saturday's final round after carding scores of 70 and 65 for a 9-under-par total of 135. OU's Abraham Ancer is in second, six shots off the lead.
After posting four bogeys and three birdies in his opening round 73, Jerling caught fire in the afternoon round. The 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year birdied four of his first eight holes to get to 4-under-par. However, a bogey and a double bogey in his final five holes left him with a 71.
Dubois' first round was much the same as Jerling's as he carded three birdies and a quartet of bogeys. The Wisconsin transfer had just two bogeys in the afternoon and was able to get in under par with three birdies.
Senior Marc Dobias posted a pair of 74s for the Cardinals and is tied for 25th in the 79-player field at 4-over-par 148. Dobias was 4-over-par at one point in his second round, but ran off a stretch of three birdies in four holes to get back to plus-1. He would bogey his final hole for a second straight 74.
Senior Erik Knudsen
and freshman Greg Wiggins
are tied for 52nd with 153 scores for 36 holes. Knudsen opened with a 74 before settling for a 79 in the second round, while Wiggins did the exact opposite and went 79-74 for his 9-over total.